Data Category variant


Category name
Required in PDB entries
Category group membership
Used in current PDB entries

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Category Description

    Data items in the VARIANT category record
    the details about sets of variants of data items.

    There is sometimes a need to allow for multiple versions of the
    same data items in order to allow for refinements and corrections
    to earlier assumptions, observations and calculations.  In order
    to allow data sets to contain more than one variant of the same
    information, an optional *.variant data item as a pointer to
    _variant.variant has been added to the key of every category,
    as an implicit data item with a null (empty) default value.

    All rows in a category with the same variant value are considered
    to be related to one another and to all rows in other categories
    with the same variant value.  For a given variant, all such rows
    are also considered to be related to all rows with a null variant
    value, except that a row with a null variant value for which all
    other components of its key are identical to those entries in
    another row with a non-null variant value is not related the
    the rows with that non-null variant value.  This behaviour is
    similar to the convention for identifying alternate conformers
    in an atom list.

    An optional role may be specified for a variant as the value of
    _variant.role.  Possible roles are null, 'preferred',
    'raw data', 'unsuccessful trial'.

    variants may carry an optional timestamp as the value of

    variants may be related to other variants from which they were
    derived by the value of _variant.variant_of.

    Further details about the variant may be specified as the value
    of _variant.details.

    In order to allow variant information from multiple datasets to
    be combined, _variant.diffrn_id and/or _variant.entry_id may
    be used.

Category Example


            . "raw data" 2007-08-03T23:20:00 . .
            indexed "preferred" 2007-08-04T01:17:28 .
              "indexed cell and refined beam centre"

        d1     d1_ccd_1  201.5 201.5  mm  .
        d1     d1_ccd_2  -1.8  201.5  mm  .
        d1     d1_ccd_3  201.6  -1.4  mm  .
        d1     d1_ccd_4  -1.7   -1.5  mm  .
        d1     d1_ccd_1  201.3 201.6  mm  indexed
        d1     d1_ccd_2  -2.0  201.6  mm  indexed
        d1     d1_ccd_3  201.3  -1.5  mm  indexed
        d1     d1_ccd_4  -1.9   -1.6  mm  indexed